From the National Commander

Dear Friends,

As we have journeyed together as officers, Tracey and I have often found inspiration and guidance in the words of Paul to the believers in Philippi:

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now Philippians 1:3-5

We value partnership. Not only as a married couple and partners together in ministry, but also recognising that we have been invited by God to be partners with him in what he is doing as he fulfils his plan to redeem the world.

We have also endeavoured to apply this concept to working with others, building partnerships with other Salvationists and fellow believers that rely on an exchange of ideas and strengths, allowing each of us to develop and grow in our ministry. This partnership in the gospel has allowed us to achieve things that would never have been possible on our own.

The idea of strengthening partnerships is one of the key foundations of the Australia One Program. From the beginning, we have tried to make this a consultative process, engaging with officers, soldiers, employees and volunteers rather than making it a one way “top down” approach.

As we start to develop the new operating model, we will be working in partnership with a reference group made up of representatives at all levels of The Salvation Army. By bringing together our diverse knowledge, insights and experiences we will be able to create a model that will support the mission of The Salvation Army and help us all see the vision become a reality.

We are committed to creating an Army that is based on strengthening and building partnerships in all that we do. Whether it is the way that social and corps expressions work together in meeting the needs of their communities, or how we partner with other organisations who share our values to help each deliver the best possible programs, the new model will be designed to make it easier for us to work together.

Lynda Cunningham, SOS Health Foundation Manager, Jason Smith, SOS Health Foundation Founder/Chairman, Major Susan Wallace and Dr Katia Ferrar, University of SA – partnering in health care for Adelaide’s most vulnerable.

Above all, the National Territory will provide one united expression of The Salvation Army in Australia with a shared vision of God’s call for each of us to live, love and fight alongside others.

As we transition into the next stage of Australia One, Tracey and I grateful for each one of you as we continue to work in the partnership of the Gospel. We are a Christian movement dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus and by doing so will see Australia transformed one life at a time
Commissioner Floyd Tidd is National Commander of The Salvation Army in Australia.

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